NEW Gambit against the Caro-Kann!!

NEW Gambit against the Caro-Kann!!

NM Mr_Penings
Apr 21, 2015, 6:31 PM |

Hello! I got kinda bored and I've decided to write a post on here, since I haven't posted in a while. 

So today, I wanted to share with all of you a gambit I've successfully played in many games against the Caro-Kann (e4 c6). The Caro-Kann is known to be a solid defense which is hard to beat. However, this new gambit will force Caro-Kann players to play a wild game, where white has the initiative and attacking chances. Here are the opening moves...

I've seen a similar idea in a gambit against the Tarrasch Defense QGD. 

These gambits both lead to wild positions, which favor White because he is well-prepared. So back to the Caro-Kann Gambit, it gives white lots of attacking possibilities, with the bishop and open files in the center and kingside. Black has several important choices to make: either let white take the pawn back, defend the pawn, or accept the gambit Yell. White has a good continuation for all of these...

Let White Recapture the Pawn...

 If White gets to recapture to pawn, he will get a nice pawn center, with the advantage. Black could play e3 here (which I've seen played against me many times) and give back the pawn, but black's development falls behind to white's active pieces. White will later castle queenside and start pushing pawns on the kingside. 

White gets a really simple plan. Easy win.. Any other passive move by black would result in fxe4 and a pawn center....

Defend the Pawn

Only one way to defend the pawn, Bf5, but that still leads to trouble. As you'll see below


This is just an example of what black MAY play (based on my experiences of course...) Anyways, it does lead to great active play for white.

This leads us to the major portion of this post, ACCEPTING the gambit!?

Accepting the Gambit

Not a good choice if you're facing a strong attacker (like me.. i'm just joking)

If black accepts the gambit, he will be up a pawn, but will be under pressure and will have to defend well to keep that pawn advantage.

There are some tricky traps in this line as well, and you won't believe how often people fall into this trap (in bullet games)!

If Black somehow doesn't fall for the trap, he will still end up in defense, as white has lots of creative options.. 

First move we'll look at is 6. e6.. which is way too passive..

White gets a good attack, with the open f-file. Lots of winning chances and strategies, so black cannot play passively.

6. Bf5 is black's best defense in my opinion and it's the hardest one for me to beat from experience. White doesn't have a clear win, but white has better development and lots of attacking possibilities, worth the gambited pawn.

The position is about equal I'd say, but white has all of his pieces out against the black king, and black's pieces are awkwardly positioned, and white should play actively.



As you can <clearly> see above, white gets lots of play for the gambited pawn, and has flexibility in deciding how to launch the attack. Castling queenside or kingside are both possible, depending on black's defense. If Black accepts the gambit, white will have an option to place a rook on that file to attack.


However, I don't think this gambit is a refutation of the solid caro-kann defense, but it's definitely a great opening to use once in a while to surprise your Caro-Kann playing opponent. Be ready to play actively and creatively!

Thanks for reading, I hoped you enjoyed my short analysis on this exciting gambit.